Heavy Key-Chain: Should Your Car Key Carry Much Weight?

Trying to avoid misplacing the keys to your home, work-place or other places could bring about the temptation of have one key-chain holding all these keys together. This need makes some car owners to add more keys to their car key-chain but is this a good thing to do? Adding many keys to a key-chain increases it’s weight resulting to a heavy load when the car key is in the ignition.

Carrying more than four to eight keys on your key ring, maybe damaging sensitive internal ignition switch parts. The weight of a heavy key chain can pull downward on the ignition key/steering lock, causing the barrels inside the lock to wear down. Once these internal parts start wearing down, this is when you may start experiencing intermittent starting problems.

To add more years to the life of your ignition switch, lighten up the load on your key chain. Only allow the car key in the ignition while driving. Drive with only the ignition key in your ignition. If your ignition key “sticks” when you try to turn on the car, it’s a warning that your ignition switch is about to fail. Replace it before you get stranded.



About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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